11/1/12 - 11/2/12 67 °F
Last night started out horribly. Henry was clipped by a moped. The moped didn't run over him, at all, but henry's right shin/foot kicked it as Henry was crossing the street and the moped was zooming up aside cars toward the intersection. We had all been holding hands across the street (the street crossing is crazy here). Once we were in front of the line of stopped cars, Henry ran ahead and i to the moped that was coming up between the cars and the sidewalk we were headed toward. I screamed because I saw it all happen. The guy looked back and stopped.
It was quickly clear that no real damage had been done to Henry but Coco and I walked him 10 paces to a bench and took off his shoe and sock and hiked up his pants. He was very shaken up. We all were. I talked to the motor bike guy and told Him i thought Henry was ok and he asked for my permission to leave. Thee kids and i sat on the bench for a while and collected ourselves. Henry will have a bruise near his shin but is otherwise fine. Coco was a model of composure and helpfulness throughout the whole thing.
We were on our way to dinner at my friend Curt's friend's family's restaurant. We made it eventually. Dinner was great, complete with friendly hosts who were just a few steps away from family. Henry even tried some funky cheeses. The pasta I ordered them was super spicy. They soldiered through!
After dinner, we walked to the bus stop to come home and we forgot we needed to be on the opposite side of a pretty short bridge. So, we had to go over the bridge. Then Coco had to pee and I had to convince a grumpy restaurant guy to let her in. Then we finally got to the bus stop and after waiting for 5 minutes or so realized we'd missed the last bus by more than an hour since yesterday was a national holiday. So, we walked to a busier area and tried with no luck to get a cab. We then went into a hotel and the man at the front desk called us a cab, let us sit in the lobby and was very nice. The taxi was quick to come and to get us to our hotel.
By the end of our long evening, I was as tired as these kiddies. I feel horrible about Henry's moped collision. We had a plan to hold hands all the way across and he broke free when he thought he was really in the clear, I'm sure. It all happened so quickly. Lesson learned, hopefully.
In the day yesterday, we went through the Uffizzi, supposedly one of Italy's finest museums. It was really quite something. I had a plan mapped out with room numbers and particular works I thought we' enjoy seeing. The building itself was beautiful. The artwork gorgeous. Thanks to a tip from my friend Toby, we had one family membership card to lots of key places in Florence. This, we were able to skip the very long lines and go back to see Michelangelo's David in the afternoon. We also went into a Medici museum. All those people were loaded! We headed home to the hotel for a rest before heading out for dinner.
Today, Friday, was a first for us, a full day bus tour, the best of Tuscany and all that. The highlight was visiting a vineyard, touring it's winery operations as well as its cow barn, olive groves, etc. we had lunch of homemade pasta and three kinds of wine super rounded by quintessential Tuscan scenery. We also visited Siena, San Gimignano (a UNESCO world heritage site) and Pisa (the lowlight of the day). Logged another long day but glad we went. Thousands of pictures will be posted from this single day, that's just the kind of day it was.